THIS WEEK IN PINBALL: January 7th, 2019

Munsters Reveal | Updated Munsters Rumors | Buffalo Pinball Streams Primus | TWIPYs Voting Open | Oktoberfest New Art | Sales Tax Changes Effect Pinball | Name the Game | Mod of the Week | Upcoming Games and Rumors

— This Week’s Top 5 Stories —

1. Happy Munsters Reveal Week!

The Munsters reveal will be happening this week!  Last week Stern issued a press release regarding their upcoming booth at the Consumer Electronics Show, which takes place January 8th-11th.  A portion of the press release read “This year’s booth presentation will be showcasing our one-of-a-kind Beatles pinball machine as well as unveiling our newest game on Tuesday, January 8th, at 11:00am PST.”

There has been a ton of hype surrounding The Munsters, and a few leaks:

Rumor Roundup

Some basic info that we know:

  • John Borg is the designer
  • Dwight Sullivan on code
  • Christopher Franchi artwork
  • Pro, Premium, and LE version

As listed in the leaked pics, some of the features on the Pro Model include:

  • Left Orbit Spinner
  • Grandpa’s “Trap Door” Scoop
  • Sculpted Herman Torso – Magnetized Ball Catch
  • Left Metal Ramp (flip-up panel) with Right Wire Return Ramp
  • Spot Bash Toy under Coil Driven Left Ramp
  • Turn Around / Flip Up Ramp
  • Drag-U-La Sculpted Toy

And here are some updated rumors we’re hearing at This Week in Pinball:

  • Premium Version will be black and white (b/w cabinet and playfield) except for the Munsters logo (green)
  • LE Version will be in color (and based on the leaked images)
  • The Premium and LE models have a lower playfield (Grandpa’s cellar)
  • There are four flipper buttons on Premium and LE version, with the extra flipper buttons presumably to control lower playfield flippers
  • Topper is rumored to be an interactive cuckoo clock

Reveal Plans

According to a recent Stern article:

Stern will be unveiling its newest game on Tuesday, January 8th, at 11:00 am PST at booth 21800 in South Hall 1. The unveiling will be streamed live by Twitch celebrity, Jack Danger, on his Twitch.TV channel, Dead Flip (Dead Flip on Twitch.TV).

It is unclear so far if the reveal will be on a Pro or Premium model of the machine (typically the first reveal stream is of a Pro model).  Tune in to Dead Flip’s Twitch channel when it goes live tomorrow (Tuesday) at 11:00 AM PST/2:00 PM EST!

2. First Primus Gameplay Stream: Buffalo Pinball

Our friends at Buffalo Pinball (website, Twitch) recently streamed the new Stern-built Primus pinball machine!!  This rare machine is limited to 100 units and this was our first look at the gameplay and sound/callouts – check it out!

3. The TWIPYs – Voting Now Open!

Last week voting opened for the TWIPY Pinball Awards!  Which 2018 machine has the best artwork?  The best rules?  The best layout?  The best callouts?  Make your voice heard!


This year the awards ceremony will be held LIVE IN PERSON at the Texas Pinball Festival and will also be streamed LIVE on Twitch – don’t miss it!

The TWIPYs are sponsored by Marco Specialities: a trusted distributor of pinball machine parts and EVERYTHING PINBALL.

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4. Oktoberfest New Art

We saw some new Oktoberfest artwork last week that was posted on the American Pinball website – check it out!

Backglass zoom
Latest version on left, previous version on right

It isn’t clear yet if this is the “final” artwork for Oktoberfest or if there may be more revisions.

5. Sales Tax Changes Effect Pinball

Back in June, the Supreme Court made a 5-4 ruling that “states can start charging sales tax on internet purchases even when a retailer has no physical presence in that state”.  For our US readers, what this means for pinball is this – previously, if you bought a brand new pinball machine out of state from a distributor, you could avoid paying sales tax if you chose to.  It appears that this will now be going into affect, so you will have to pay sales tax whether you buy from a distributor in state or out of state.  You can read more about the Supreme Court Ruling here.

This has led to a lively discussion on this Pinside thread.  A few interesting posts were made by one of the pinball distributors, KingPin Games.  These help show some of the concerns facing distributors as these changes go into effect:

This has definitely been on my mind lately. I have lots of customers in different states, mainly for tax reasons, but also because we have built a relationship. The way I understood the law was “if I (the seller) had a physical presence in the same state as you (the buyer) then I was required to collect the sales tax. On the other hand, if you (the buyer) were located in a different state then it was up to you to pay the tax. It’s not that you never had to pay the tax, it was that I just never had to collect it.

Now, under the new laws, I’m am a glorified tax collector for the government. What does this mean for me as a distributor? Let me ask this instead. Let’s say I make the 18 hour drive one way from my office to texas pinball fest. What advantages does a texas resident have to buy from me instead of from their local distributor? Other than offering extended warranties and exclusive stories about the superstar jjp designer?

I can see this new tax collection law increasing my local sales as now I am on the same price level as guys from out of state, but I can’t see a reason (other than personal) for making the business journey to far away shows. I will probably still make the trip to tpf because I like the show and they (dallas) do not have a local JJP/Spooky distributor, but (as always) I encourage everyone to buy locally to support local dealers.

I ask the pinside crowd this. Would you still continue to buy from and out of state dealer if they had to collect sales tax from you (and charge a higher shipping rate)? I included the high shipping since shipping one game states away cost more than shipping a dozen games to my office where “local” buyers can pick them up? I have lot of pinball friends in lots of other states, but I would not blame any of them for choosing to buy locally if all else was equal.

Lots to think about in 2019.

A second post from KingPin Games:

So far I have only really looked at Illinois and Minnesota since that is the bulk of my out of state business (with Iowa and texas not too far behind). From what I see in the first two is that if I (as a company) have more than 100 individual sales or $100k in sales IN A 12 MONTH PERIOD (not a calendar year) then I am supposed to collect the state’s sales tax. Well, with the cost of the machines that I sell, I exceed that pretty quickly. What I dont know is if that customer base will stay with me if I have to collect sales tax while a smaller volume distributor might not have to, therefore potentially making my sales figures drop under the threshold.

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